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Spring 2012 Dewey Readathon — Finish Line

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Total books read: 1

Update in 6 words: well that didn’t go as planned

Comments: As I suspected, my planned reading day disappeared due to moving activities. And I was so hoping to read a ton. Between activities, I did squeeze in reading The Walking Dead Book 4. I guess all was not lost. On to hopefully actually participating in the Spring into Horror readathon starting tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Readathon

 

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Spring 2012 Dewey Readathon — Starting Line

The original plan was that J would be in San Jose until tomorrow.  So I would be free to read, read, and read some more.  Well, he came back early.  And a coworker decided to throw me a going away party at noon.  And we have more packing to do.  So my original plan of read, read, and read some more has become maybe squeeze in some reading here and there.  I still want to commit to some reading today.

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TBR Pile:

  • The Walking Dead Book 4
  • Bad Doings and Big Ideas
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Here we go!

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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in Readathon

 

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Dewey Update #5 (Final Update)

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This is it.  I am beat.  I really didn’t plan all that well and am ready to be done reading.  I’ve developed a headache in the last two hours which hasn’t helped.  I haven’t felt awesome all day.  I wonder if I’m coming down with something.  Anyway, I’ve decided to throw in the towel.  I’ve been up for many hours, reading for 8.  I finished three books.  Three books that took 5 spots in my reading challenges.  I participated in 3 mini challenges.  I think I have a respectable showing for my first 24-Hour Readathon.  I want to do this again in April.  But before then I seriously need to think about my game plan a bit more.  See you then!

 

Number of books I’ve read: .5
Total number of books I’ve read: 3

Pages Read: 292
Total Pages Read: 1115

Time Read:  2 hours 13 minutes
Total Time Read: 8 hours 2 minutes

My goals:

  • Read 3 books √
  • Read at least one Net Galley book (didn’t get around to it this time)
  • Review all books read √
  • Participate in mini challenges (3 done) √

My TBR pile:

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Boys: Vol. 6
  • Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Penelope’s Daughter by Lauren Corona
  • Night World Vol. 1 by L.J. Smith
  • Night World Vol. 2 by L.J. Smith
  • Night World Vol. 3 by L.J. Smith
  • Changeless by Gail Carriger
  • Blameless by Gail Carriger
  • Heartless by Gail Carriger
  • Jack of Fables: Turning Pages
  • Jack of Fables: The Bad Prince

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Readathon

 

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Night World Vol. 1 by L.J. Smith

Title: Night World Vol. 1 (Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Spellbinder)

Author: L.J. Smith

Publisher: Simon Pulse 2008

Genre: Vampires

Pages: 752

Rating:   4 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Vampires; 2011 – Show It Who’s Boss

How I Got It: I own it!

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters — they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy’s only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It’s a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.

I was a bit hesitant going into this series.  I love the Twilight saga, but am a bit done with the sparkly vampires genre.  Thankfully this series is a bit more series vampires than sparkly vampires.  This definitely reminded me of L.J. Smith’s other series The Vampire Diaries.  Now I wasn’t a huge fan of that series.  Amazingly enough, I love the television series better than the book series.  I was happily surprised by this series.

Secret Vampire — A good classic boys meets girl story although this boy is a vampire and this girl is dying.  I loved the characters of James and Phillip.  They were likable and believable.  I thought that at times Poppy was incredibly childish acting.  Especially so when we compare her to her brother’s behavior.  It made me wonder about the difference in maturity levels between her and James.  Thankfully she did seem to grow up at the story progressed.  The timeline was just a bit rushed for my tastes.

Daughters of Darkness — Definitely my favorite from this volume.   I love the reintroduction of bad boy Ash.  We see him as the lethal vampire in Secret Vampire, and here we get to see his true nature.  I also loved the interactions between Ash and his sisters.  They were a treat, especially Kestrel.  I hope to read more about her in future volumes.  My problem with this story lies in the ending.  It’s just so unbelievable.  I thought that soulmates would do anything to be together.  Instead, Mary-Lynnette is content to let Ash leave and when he says he’ll come back next year, she’s completely noncomittal.  Doesn’t sound like a true love…

Spellbinder — I always love a good story involving witches.  And this one was great with supernatural entities, romance, and jealousy.  All around I liked the story.  My only issue was with Blaise.  If I was Thea, I would have gotten seriously pissed at her and left her in the dust.  At least in the end she atoned for her crimes against Thea.

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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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Dewey Update #4

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Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? In the middle of Night World Vol. 1; really liking it so far
2. How many books have you read so far? 2.5
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — that’s if I don’t crash before then.  I’m really not doing so well today.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Nope.  No work or commitments today
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yeah… overslept, eating out for breakfast/lunch, sanity break for my eyes.  I think I’m really doing okay for my first time.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Just how great the cheerleaders have been.  Thanks for all the support!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  got nothing
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Plan my day and breaks a bit better
9. Are you getting tired yet? Oh yes

Number of books I’ve read: .5
Total number of books I’ve read: 2.5

Pages Read: 192
Total Pages Read: 823

Time Read:  1 hours 23 minutes
Total Time Read: 5 hours 49 minutes

My goals:

  • Read 3 books (2 done)
  • Read at least one Net Galley book
  • Review all books read (2 done)
  • Participate in mini challenges (3 done)

My TBR pile:

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Boys: Vol. 6
  • Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Penelope’s Daughter by Lauren Corona
  • Night World Vol. 1 by L.J. Smith (in progress)
  • Night World Vol. 2 by L.J. Smith
  • Night World Vol. 3 by L.J. Smith
  • Changeless by Gail Carriger
  • Blameless by Gail Carriger
  • Heartless by Gail Carriger
  • Jack of Fables: Turning Pages
  • Jack of Fables: The Bad Prince

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Readathon

 

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Dewey Update #3

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Number of books I’ve read: 1.3
Total number of books I’ve read: 2.3

Pages Read: 442
Total Pages Read: 631

Time Read:  2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time Read: 4 hours 26 minutes

My goals:

  • Read 3 books (2 done)
  • Read at least one Net Galley book
  • Review all books read (2 done)
  • Participate in mini challenges (2 done)

My TBR pile:

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Boys: Vol. 6
  • Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Penelope’s Daughter by Lauren Corona
  • Night World Vol. 1 by L.J. Smith (in progress)
  • Night World Vol. 2 by L.J. Smith
  • Night World Vol. 3 by L.J. Smith
  • Changeless by Gail Carriger
  • Blameless by Gail Carriger
  • Heartless by Gail Carriger
  • Jack of Fables: Turning Pages
  • Jack of Fables: The Bad Prince

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Readathon

 

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The Boys: The Self Preservation Society

Title: The Boys Vol 6: The Self Preservation Society

Author: Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson

Publisher: Dynamite 2010

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 200

Rating:  5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: None

How I Got It: J owns it

It had to happen sooner or later: the supes get mad enough to go after the Boys. One of the world’s most powerful superteams decides to hit our heroes, all guns blazing, and the Female is the first to fall into their lethal trap. The sixth Dynamite collection of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys is here, complete with a cover gallery.

Wow!  We get an altercation with Payback, plus some of their origin story.  A shakeup with VA and the Seven.  And origin stories for MM, Frenchie, and the Female.  What a volume!  I’ve really come to care about The Boys and what happens to them.  I want to see MM avenged, Frenchie loved, and The Female become human.  I want Wee Hughie to be happy, whether with Starlight or not.  And I want to see Butcher made whole again. We don’t know his story yet, but I’m sure it’s a good one.  I’ll just have to wait for the next installment.

The Boys:

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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